DIY: Crystal Collar Necklace

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Valentines day is right around the corner and I needed well..wanted a sparkly necklace to wear with my V-day outfit. I stumbled upon these slider beads while bead shopping and thought, hey this would make for a great necklace. The rest is kinda history. Check out the steps below:

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Things you need:

    • Slider beads  I used these but they have more here
    • Large/Medium jump ring
    • 2 lengths of chain
    • Lobster clasp

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When you flip over your bead you will notice there are small holes at each corner. We will use these to connect the necklace together.

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Using your pliers, slide a jump ring through one of the holes on your bead and close. Slide another jump ring through your second bead then connect to jump ring from your first piece.

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Continue to connect all your pieces together.
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Attach your clasp and a jump ring to the ends of your chain.
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Viola! Happy Crafting!

DIY: Charm Bracelet

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Well after a long and very deserved stay-cation in Austin I’m back in action bringing you some great new DIY’s! Let’s get back to making with this quick and easy charm bracelet. Check out the steps below!

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Things you need:

  • Charms
  • Jump rings
  • Chain (to fit wrist)
  • Lobster clasp
  • Pliers

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Lay your chain flat and arrange your charms in order before you attach them to your chain. I actually used charms that belonged to existing necklaces that had tarnished or broken.

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Leave your charms laying in order. Working left to right pick up your chain and begin to attach your charms using your jumps rings.

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When all your charms are attached add your lobster clasp to either end.

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All done. The best thing about charm bracelets is that there ever-changing. You can always add more charms you find at random or to symbolize special moments in your life. Happy Crafting everyone!

DIY: Orange Gem Necklace

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Orange is just one of the many colors that I’m crushing over for the fall. This statement color can give any outfit an instant pick-me-up. Since orange is such a bold color, not to be worn head to toe, moderation is the key! A splash here and there and not everywhere! My splash will go around my neck of course. I stumbled upon these orange gems at Hobby Lobby, pondered for about a week or two and finally came up with this fabulous DIY. Check out the tutorial below!

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Things you need:

  • Pliers
  • Plier Cutters
  • Clasp
  • Chain extender
  • Chain
  • Medium jump rings
  • Small jump rings
  • 16 rhinestones in settings with double loops ( I got mine from a local craft supply store. Try a craft store close to you and if you can’t find them try here. You can select your settings and whatever color gems you would like)

orangeneck1Using your small jump rings connect three gems together in this pattern. 2 at the top and one at the bottom( I will call these clusters). You need three clusters.

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Once you have three of these finished use your cutters to snip off the remaining un-needed loops.

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Now you need to clip the loops off the remaining gems(these will be called singles). Only clip the loops at the bottom. You should have 8 singles.  Examine the pictures closely, be sure to clip the correct loops.

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Fold your chain in half and find your center link this will be your starting point. Connect your cluster first followed by a single, then another cluster, single, single, single. Complete one side then continue to the other. When attaching gems to your chain you will have 2 jump rings to each link.

orangeneck7Connect your clasp and chain extender to the loose ends of your chain. **Hint If you are right-handed, with your necklace laying flat,  connect your clasp to the left hand side and your chain extender to the right.  When you are ready to put your necklace on you will be able to open your clasp with your right hand. If you are left-handed the clasp will go to the right and chain extender to the left.

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Done!  What colors/trends are you excited about for fall?
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DIY: Chain Cuff

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Well if you haven’t noticed I’m currently obsessed with chain everything.  I’ve already done three chain bracelets, you can check them out here and here. Oh and my chain choker!  I think I may need to see someone about my addiction but in the mean time check out how easy it was to may this chain cuff bracelet below!

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Things You Need:

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Take your chain and measure it around your cuff. The chain I’m using I purchased from a local craft store, Hobby Lobby, but unfortunately they do not sale is particular item online. Check out the link above for something similar if it’s not available at a craft store near you.

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Use your pliers to shorten the chain to fit around your cuff.

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Pour a little glue out on a napkin or paper plate. Dab a little on your brush and apply to just one side of your chain. Work quickly so the glue won’t set before placing the chain on your cuff.

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Center the chain on your cuff and hold into place for 20 seconds. Apply additional glue if needed.

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Set aside to dry. Let is sit overnight before handling.

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This truly takes 10 minutes to complete. It’s such a simply DIY with amazing results. A DIY is always the best when its easy on the pocket-book, simple, and fashionable!